LAAC supports efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession, and we focus much of our energy on increasing diversity in the legal services community. Below are some helpful resources for advocates, attorneys, and executive directors.
A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Racial Justice Toolkit for Civil Legal Aid Organizations
Launched in January of 2021, the IDEAL Toolkit exists as a resource for pursuing DEI and Racial Justice work. We aspire to have it live as an active document to ultimately encompass varying policies, models, and procedures that uplift and support DEI/Racial Justice work in our organizations. If you have any questions about the IDEAL Toolkit, please do not hesitate to contact Theo Ser-Ramin <email@example.com> or Derrius Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If would like to offer feedback or suggestions for future versions of the Toolkit, please do so through this survey
Shaping the Future of Justice: Effective Recruitment and Retention of Civil Legal Aid Attorneys in California
In 2010, LAAC published a recruitment and retention report of CA legal aid attorneys. Though the report was not designed to collect extensive diversity statistics, there are interesting stats within the report.
List of Outreach Ideas for Recruiting Diverse Candidates (2015)
In partnership with other organizations, LAAC created a list of bar associations and other outlets to use to announce openings in legal services offices. Organizations must start with a diverse candidate pool to be able to hire a qualified candidate, and we hope these ideas create a diverse pool.
List of Outreach Ideas for Recruiting Diverse Candidates Bar Associations:
LGBT Bar Associations:
Disability Bar Associations:
Women’s Bar Associations:
Ethnic Minority Bar Associations:
Korean American Bar Association of Southern California
Law School Student Organizations (contact each law school so they can circulate to alumni):
– La Raza
– Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Students Association
– Women’s Law Association
– Lambda Law Students Association
Other community groups and partners in collaborative efforts